Parliamentary Question: DoP: SAPS ranks

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Ms D Kohler-Barnard (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) Whether members of the SA Police Service (SAPS) require certain qualifications to be promoted in rank in the SAPS; if not, why not; if so, what are the qualifications required to be promoted to each rank above that of constable in the SAPS;

(2) whether a member of SAPS is required to serve a minimum number of years in their rank before being considered for a promotion; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what average number of years;
(3) whether those SAPS members who have not been promoted after having been in the same rank after the minimum required number of years can apply for a promotion; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) whether those SAPS members whose application for promotion have been denied may appeal the decisions; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

The Minister of Police:

It needs to be emphasised that the National Commission, General Cele is currently reviewing the National Instruction 2/2008 which addresses promotion of SAPS officials up to the rank of Colonel. This is being done both to address the new rank changes and to ensure more effective career pathing and promotion of lower level officials
(1) and (2) Promotions up to the rank of Colonel of members of the South African Police Service are regulated by National Instruction 2/2008. Until the review of this National Instruction is finalised the following minimum qualifications/years of service are required for promotion in terms of the current National Instruction.

 

Rank

Requirements for Promotion/Grade Progression

Constable to Sergeant (Grade progression)

No minimum qualification (members who qualify are promoted / grade progressed in their current posts)

A minimum of 7 years’ service as a Constable (excluding periods of training/ apprenticeship/ learnership.

1 Sergeant

to Warrant Officer

(Post promotion)

At least an NQF 6 qualification and a minimum of two(2) years uninterrupted service as a Sergeant;

 

OR

 

At least a minimum of five (5) years uninterrupted service as a Sergeant.

 

2

Warrant Officer up to Colonel (Post promotion)

At least an NQF 6 qualification and a minimum of two(2) years uninterrupted service in the rank

OR

At least an NQF 4 qualification and a minimum of five (5) years uninterrupted service in the rank

Above Colonel

Appointments to the Senior Management Service (SMS), Brigadier up to Lieutenant General, are regulated by National Instruction 4/2010. The qualifications and experience needed for appointment are informed by the post specific requirements which are specified in the advertisement of posts

 



(3) Yes. Promotions are dependent on the availability of funds and, where applicable, also the availability of vacant posts. Members who conform to the requirements for promotion are on a regular basis invited to apply for grade progression (Constable to Sergeant) or for advertised posts at the level of Warrant Officer up to Colonel and to compete with their peers for advertised posts.
(4) Yes. Members who are not promoted or appointed may make use of the South African Police Service Grievance Procedure to challenge their non promotion.